Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy in Manhattan, NY
What Is Root Canal Therapy? Why Do I Need It?
Our tooth structure is composed of various layers, which can become susceptible to decay.
Sometimes, decay or an infection (caries) can travel to the inside of our teeth, to the pulp. The pulp is normally a sterile environment, free from germs. When infection happens, we notice pain and inflammation near the affected tooth, making it difficult to eat, chew, or even speak
This situation is life-threatening and dangerous if the infection spreads to the body!
Please do not hesitate to call a trusted dentist if you feel immediate pain. Dr. Dragos has over 25 years of experience providing the highest quality care in a comfortable environment with his gentle and compassionate touch!
Root Canal Symptoms
Although some patients who may require root canal therapy do not have pain or symptoms, other patients may experience the following symptoms:
- Severe toothache, especially when biting or chewing
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks
- Darkening of the tooth
- Gum sensitivity surrounding the tooth
Can I Save My Tooth? Is There an Alternative?
Dr. Dragos will always try to save the integrity of your tooth, depending on his evaluation based on x-rays. Sometimes he may recommend root canal therapy, which will save your tooth structure and allow you to eat, chew, talk, and smile normally again with your natural tooth.
A tooth extraction is one possible alternative to a root canal, but an extracted tooth may leave behind an unwanted gap as well as the possibility of another infection. In general, the best long-term solution is to save the tooth, whenever possible.
Root Canal Procedure
All endodontic procedures are performed by Dr. Dragos at our Fifth Avenue dental office.
First, we will evaluate the surrounding area using an x-ray to detect the infection. If you and Dr. Dragos agree that root canal therapy is the best option, he will anesthetize your tooth so that treatment is pain free.
Dr. Dragos uses the best and highest quality materials in order to access, remove infection, and clean the infected tooth using best practice standards, in order to prevent any further infections.
Dr. Dragos will provide recommendations and follow-up care after each procedure. A few points to keep in mind:
- After you heal, we will schedule a brief follow-up visit to determine that your tooth is still healthy.
- Some sensitivity as you recover is normal. You will begin to see gradual improvement, however, and you should not experience severe pain.[AR2]
- Saving your natural teeth is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to stay healthy in the long run.
For more in-depth reading about endodontic care, including root canal therapy, feel free to check out Tony’s Dental School blog here.